Augustus Laws to Restore “Ancient Morals”

Family laws (on compulsory marriages for senators and horsemen, on childless ones, on violations of fidelity);
the law against luxury, which supplemented the laws of Caesar: it was impossible to spend more than 400 sesterces on the organization of any feasts on an ordinary day, more than 800 on a holiday and more than 1000 on a wedding. Also, luxury in women’s clothing was prohibited (a ban on silk fabrics);
clothes and dress he tried to revive the ancients: he instructed the ediles to make sure that the Romans appeared at the forum only in togas;
restoration of temples that collapsed from dilapidation or destroyed by fires (82 temples in total) and their decoration with rich offerings; construction of new ones: Mars the Avenger, the sanctuary of Apollo on the Palatine, the Temple of Jupiter the Thunderer on the Capitol;
restoration of ancient rituals that have come into oblivion (fortune-telling about the welfare of the state, playing the lupercalia, the holiday of crossroads), revitalizing the decayed priestly colleges, increasing the number of priests and priestesses, respect for them and benefits, especially for vestals;
Augustus himself demonstratively observed the rituals, became the Great Pontiff, augur, a member of the college of fifteen for performing sacred ceremonies, a member of the college of titians, fetiale;
paid great attention to deified human qualities: intelligence, courage, piety, loyalty;
introduced and spread the imperial cult, the main idea of ​​which was the messianic role of Augustus, who returned Rome to the “golden age”.
in the Roman pantheon were introduced such gods as “Augustus Peace”, “Fortune of the Return” of Augustus.

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